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Manual for Redneck-Technologist Power and Empire: Enslaving and Exterminating Anarcho-Primitivist Pacifist Vegetarian Communities After the Apocalypse Paperback – July 20, 2009

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About the Author

Cyrus Hellborg was born in Arkansas and graduated from Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Science in 2003. He has worked in Antarctica and Alaska, and enjoys web programming.

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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448646510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448646517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,455,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and later a resident of Waterbury Connecticut, New Orleans Louisiana, Kanab Utah, Lancaster Pennsylvania, McMurdo Station Antarctica, Seattle Washington, Akutan Alaska, Olympia Washington, and many oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, floating fish processing factories in Alaskan waters, and almost a resident of West Yellowstone Montana.

Hellborg graduated in 2003 with a B.Sci. with an emphasis on Unix style programming. Since 1996, Hellborg has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest, from Olympia Washington to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and currently resides in Seattle with his beautiful wife and Hellborg son .

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SNH on March 20, 2010
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Every other numbered page is left blank to leave you room to make notes. There are 25 pages beside the copyright and table of contents pages that are not blank and they are in medium text to stretch it to that many. There are 10 pages that are full or nearly full, 8 that are three quarters full, and 7 that are half or quarter filled. That includes 11 pages with "future communications" mostly about enslaving or eliminating hippies, vegetarians, and elitists after the collapse. Dropping those that leaves you 14 pages. With shipping that is nearly a dollar per page (or about a dollar a minute read time). You would get more out of going down to the local watering hole about an hour before closing and listening to the regulars that have been there since noon. I would rate it zero stars but you have to give it at least one to file a review.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian on August 7, 2009
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I don't come to Cyrus Hellborg's new book Manual for Redneck-Technologist Power and Empire: Enslaving and Exterminating Anarcho-Primitivist Pacifist Vegetarian Communities After the Apocalypse with the background of whole systems studies and science that he writes from. I am just your run-of-the-mill American lit scholar. However, I find many interesting influences in this political tract.

This work is not for the uninitiated. To pick up this book and begin reading is to jump in the middle of a fast-flowing river. The author is already deep into his subject matter and is not concerned with bringing beginners up to speed.

I called Hellborg's book a political tract. I'd like to spend a little time discussing the category of writing this book falls into. A "manual" suggests straighforward, easily understood advice. Think of a manual about how to put a futon together, or how to set up a mousetrap. The irony is that Hellborg's "manual" is not really a "hands on" advice book: i.e., he doesn't say, "How to survive the apocalypse: 1) Store water in the basement, 2) Pack away a flashlight and extra batteries," or "14) How to convert a gas-powered engine to electric." There is an instructional element to the book, but it is instruction for the intellect.

To get even closer to the genre of this work: it is a prophetic perspective, a vision of the future, and it is a polemic. It is something of an essay and something of a poetic, Vorticistic rant. I refer to the Vorticism of Ezra Pound here - not only the theme of the future, but the dynamic pace, compactness, and conciseness are here as well. The author tries to slow the pace somewhat by physically breaking up the narrative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Off Grid Ebert on February 6, 2013
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Anyone familiar with the folks behind the Church of SubGenius will recognize the prose. I'd have given it one star if it was real, but since it's a joke it gets three for being original and, sadly - disturbingly - believable.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott R. Gothard on March 10, 2010
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An amusing little book that reminds us that, when times get bad, you'd better get creative in regards to cobbling "trash" together to make useful items for the post-apocalyptic world.
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